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Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Programming by Example Paperback – Apr 17 2001
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Ideal for the database programmer or system DBA, Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Programming by Example is an excellent example-based tutorial on mastering today's SQL features. Packed with plenty of tips and tricks, this title will let almost anyone do more with SQL Server.
While there are plenty of screen shots showing graphical SQL Server tools, the focus of this book is clearly on learning real command-line Transact-SQL (T-SQL). The authors provide a patient and very thorough tour of T-SQL with full coverage of both basic and advanced features. You'll learn how to define new tables, manage users in groups, as well as perform all kinds of queries. Stand-out material includes an excellent guide to SQL data types and how to choose the right one for your needs. When it comes to queries, the book does a great job of exploring all your options for joining relational data, as well as grouping data for more advanced reporting. True to its title, Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Programming by Example is filled with dozens of examples of SQL commands (and the results) so that you can try out this material for yourself and really learn the language thoroughly.
Later on, the authors turn toward server-side programming with a digestible guide to creating stored procedures and triggers. The book closes with an in-depth guide to the issues regarding cursors (for working with table data), transactions and locking. Sections on bulk copy tools and the Microsoft Data Transformation Services (DTS) show how to move data around the enterprise. A final section of distributed queries and linked servers will help you work with different sources of data wherever it resides in your organisation.
Despite some stilted writing, the comprehensive examples in this book make it a success. It will let anyone start using basic T-SQL for the first time, as well as teach more advanced readers to master the finer points of Microsoft databases. --Richard Dragan
From the Publisher
SQL Server 2000 Programming by Example provides clear and concise examples of basic programming techniques used in SQL Server 2000 primarily using Transact-SQL. Even if you're a complete novice to SQL Server 2000 programming, you will benefit by reading through the book's logical process. SQL Server 2000 is introduced and explored, database structure is designed and built, and finally a variety of programming techniques are studied and reviewed. If you are already familiar with SQL Server 2000 programming, you may use the book as a quick reference guide that provides plenty of pertinent examples.
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Top Customer Reviews
As a professional software developer I never had much use for Que books - thick paper, too much white space, and big fonts. This book is no exception. I made the mistake of buying it on the strength of the reviews at Amazon but it lives up to the Que tradition of being a book full of basic information, most of which is available in the SQL server docs. Sure it has lots of examples but little that is very enlightening.
I didn't get the impression here that this was a basic book but it is. It is going to be a disappointment to you if you, like me, already know SQL/DBMS programming but from another database product. If I was starting out then maybe I'd find it of use, but a one-stop answer to all you SQL Server problems it most definitely is not. If I ever find it useful I will come straight back here and change this review.
It's concisely, cleanly written in a straightforward no-nonsense style. The lay out is logical and well planned with the book building nicely as you move through it.
I have also found it deep enough to fill some gaps and clarify areas that I previously felt I knew very well.
The main advantage of the book to my mind though is that it does exactly what it says on the cover - it provides pratical examples of all the concepts discussed (I have found that previous books have often left me feeling "OK, but lets see it in action!!!" including Soukup & Delaney's excellent "Inside SQL Server 7".
All round an excellent book, highly recommended at a very reasonable price.
But this book is the best I have ever seen to get into SQL Server and improve your skills, from the point of view of a developer there is not better book. It is also a incredible source of information for experts, it really explores all the new features you can find in SQL Server 2000.
I also know the two authors's work as they help many people in the SQL forums and I can say they are really good.
My students are elated at the ease of navigation. The book is extremely well written. The test scores have nearly doubled since I switched to this book. The students are retaining more information and I even learned a few more tricks. Great book!
want to review and learn all about SQL Server 2000 basics with very good and very concise,very clear examples.I recommend this book for people preparing for the Microsoft 70-229 database design and implementation.A must READ. I thank the authors.
Most recent customer reviews
Who said you can find all the contents from Book On line? Does Book On Line has the same easy to follow structure plus the good examples that really help to learn and pratice? Read morePublished on July 9 2004
I bought this book at the same time I got Veria's book and this one is by far the better of the two. Read morePublished on March 16 2002 by Joe Hornsby
This book is an excellent reference for anyone needing assistance on stored procedures, triggers, cursors, or TSQL. The detail very good and the examples helpful. Read morePublished on Dec 17 2001 by John Madison
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